2 civilians killed near J&K encounter site

A crowd of protesters started pelting stones at security forces at Lillhar in the Kakapora area near the encounter site.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Updated: February 15, 2016 12:50 am
People carry the body of Danish during his funeral procession at Ratnipora, Pulwama south of Srinagar on Sunday. (Source: Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi)

Two CIVILIANS, including a woman, were killed and 16 injured when the Army and police allegedly opened fire on a group of protesters close to the site of an encounter between militants and forces on Sunday. A militant was also killed in the encounter, which took place in Kakpora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

Police, however, said the woman was killed in crossfire during the encounter.

The death of the civilians are likely to overshadow formal talks between the PDP and BJP to form a government in Jammu and Kashmir. BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav is likely to meet PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday.

Confirming the death of the two civilians, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Javed Mujtaba Gilani told The Indian Express: “The woman was killed in crossfire (between militants and the Army). The other civilian was killed when he was hit by a tear gas shell…. This is what doctors have told us.” Gilani said 10 policemen and two Army personnel were also injured in stone-pelting by protesters.

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Witnesses, however, rejected the police version and said the forces opened fire on the protesters near Lelhar village.

“There were hundreds of people playing on a ground in Lelhar when an encounter started in the vicinity. As the youths moved towards the encounter site, the Armymen opened fire,” said an eyewitness.

Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Neeraj Kumar had last week banned assembly of people near encounter sites by imposing Section 144 of CrPC. The authorities say youths often assemble at encounter sites to help militants escape.

The two deceased were identified as Danish Rashid, 19, a B.Tech student of Islamic University of Science and Technology, and Shaista Hameed, 22, a Master’s student in Maulana Azad University.

The slain militant was identified as Adil Ahmad Wagay. He was killed while escaping the cordoned-off area; two of his associates managed to escape.

Block Medical Officer (BMO), Pampore, Dr Showkat Ahmad said the hospital received 13 people —all with bullet and pellet injuries.

Danish, he said, had died by the time he was brought in —he had a bullet wound on his skull. “We have discharged three of the injured and have referred the others to Srinagar.” They received bullet and pellet injuries in abdomen and face, he said.

An official at Pulwama district hospital said Shaista was declared dead on arrival. “She had a bullet injury in her face. Three others had bullet and pellet injuries, while one had a fracture in foot,” the hospital official said.

Villagers claimed Shaista was hit by a bullet when she was watching the protests from the verandah of her house.

Following the deaths, massive protests broke out across Pulwama and in some parts of Srinagar.

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  1. தமிழன்
    Feb 14, 2016 at 3:31 pm
    It is time for freedom of Kashmir.
    1. V
      Feb 14, 2016 at 4:50 pm
      It is also time to send prople like you to stan in coffins
    2. P
      pak lover
      Feb 14, 2016 at 5:24 pm
      that means they don't like indian army to be in kashmir.. freedom ( they will get it soon).
      1. K
        Feb 15, 2016 at 9:19 am
        Indians should hang their head in shame over civilian killings.Kashmir is Indias Waterloo and grave yard.
        1. R
          rahul mayank
          Feb 14, 2016 at 2:49 pm
          Well they have there freedom of expression .. and Army have there's you decide who won.
          1. K
            KARAN SAXENA
            Feb 15, 2016 at 8:11 am
            Now indian army not only encounters mujahedeen's but also innocent civilians shame for w India and Indian Army coz they kills children's and women's big shame
            1. K
              kris kumar
              Feb 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm
              No sympathy for goons demonstrating and obstructing police. Time to free POK by force and Modi must take bold decision. Nehru/ Congress have left lot of mess for Modi to sort out. India must be free from Congress and Communists parties if need to progress. Italian barmaid, Pappu, Communists and some extreme Pali supporter Muslims are not onlyobstructung national development but have become danger to national security. JNU has become breeding ground for anti nationals under Congress and this government must step in and investigate why the tax payers money is given to anti national students. JNU activities must be scrutinized.
              1. K
                kris kumar
                Feb 14, 2016 at 4:51 pm
                The army is in Kashmir not for picnic. Their job is to protect the border and kill any terrorist entering India. If these supporters want to protect the terrorists and throw stones at the army then they should face the consequences. All those goons who are encouraging these youths to come out in the streets are sponsored by and the forces must erradicate them.
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